It is ironic that we now hear and read about poverty from politicians in government who supported the policies that created the poverty in the first place. The National government along with their support parties, still think that social housing should be housing of the last resort, but they never admit that there is not enough of it.
A key role for the state is to balance market forces and promote public wellbeing.
All the evidence to date shows that more and more tenants are struggling to afford a place to call home. The private rental market is the driver of poverty in New Zealand.
It all points to one thing - we have to build more housing that is affordable and provide security for tenants.
Otherwise the legacy of the present government will be that it did nothing but increase the alarming numbers of New Zealanders living in housing poverty.
Kevin Reilly, Palmerston North
Kyle Radley and Maddie Fletcher spend the night sleeping in their car during the Salvation Army’s 14 hour Homeless in The Square.